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Wuhan Peking Opera Theatre to perform in Hong Kong

Wuhan Peking Opera Theatre will give three evening performances, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, in Hong Kong in October.

Most of the performers, including Liu Wei, Liu Hengbin, Zhou Jian, Liu Baotong, Chen Youling and Song Guoqiang, are National Class One Performers.

The Wuhan Peking Opera Theatre was established in 1950 and the founding director was the Peking Opera legend, Maestro Zhou Xinfang, better known by his stage name "Qi Lin Tong". In the 1970s, a new generation of artists was groomed under the guiding hands of the senior artists. They were supported by an equally strong creative team who brought many award-winning productions to the stage including "The Legend of the Condor Heroes" and "Three-inch Bound Feet". The theatre has given touring performances in Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Yugoslavia, Japan and Korea.

Programme details are as follow:

October 11 (Wednesday)
"Burning Pei Yuanqing Alive", "Monk Mulian Saving His Mother", "Baihua Bestows the Gift of a Sword" and "Wreaking Havoc in Heaven"

October 12 (Thursday)
"Village of the Four Greats", "Luo Cheng Calling at the City Gate", "The Beating and Picking Firewood from an Historic Match" and "Zhong Kui Marrying his Sister Off".

October 13 (Friday)
"The Leopard", "The Temple Ritual from Beating the Gold Bullion" and "Burning Incense, The Battle in the Flood and On Broken Bridge from Leifeng Pagoda".

Performances will start at 7.30pm at the Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre. Lyrics and dialogue in Chinese and simplified English surtitles will be provided. Tickets priced at $280, $200 and $100 are now available at all URBTIX outlets.

Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Group booking discount is also available, please refer to programme leaflet for details.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for internet bookings, visit ; for more information, visit .

Ends/Monday, August 21, 2006
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